Al Lorentz, a non-commissioned officer with nearly 20 years of service under his belt, penned this column explaining why the US bound to lose in Iraq. And given his vantage point -- he's currently in Iraq -- the piece has added salience.
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Now, the Army wants to court-martial this guy for violating Article 134 of the UCMJ and the liberal/progressive blogosphere is up in arms. Oh, how can they do that to this man who is only telling the truth? They ask. I say, have at him. I give Ol' Sgt. Lorentz credit for having a set of cojones and speaking out, but he did violate the law. Sorry, you might have spoken the truth, but as a senior NCO, you should have known better. Maybe he did and doesn't give a shit about his retirement, but I signed the same papers as he did and they say you're not allowed to speak out against your Commander-in-Chief in your capacity as a soldier.
Sorry, you do the crime, you do the time. If ya ain't prepared for that, keep your mouth shut.